LBTPD Sergeant Arrested for Illegal Computer Criminal Activity

Apr 03, 2019
Source: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office LBTPD Sergeant Gerard Traynor

Long Beach Township police Sgt. Gerard Traynor, 52, has been arrested and charged with two counts of computer criminal activity, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced on April 1.

Traynor, who has addresses in both Beach Haven and Galloway Township, is also a practicing attorney.

According to authorities, an investigation by the Internal Affairs Unit of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Beach Township Police Department revealed that Traynor accessed secure computer based information for personal reasons, rather than law enforcement purposes.

Traynor was charged in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-25c, which states, “A person is guilty of computer criminal activity if the person purposely or knowingly and without authorization, or in excess of authorization, accesses or attempts to access any data, data base, computer, computer storage medium, computer program, computer software, computer equipment, computer system or computer network for the purpose of executing a scheme to defraud, or to obtain services, property, personal identifying information, or money, from the owner of a computer or any third party.”

“Township police Chief Anthony Deely suspended Traynor pending a conclusion of the criminal matter,” the prosecutor’s office said. “Traynor was released on a summons pending a further court date.”

Deely said on Monday, “Any further comment will be provided by the OCPO Professional Standards Unit. Long Beach Township officials will not provide any official statement regarding this incident.” The prosecutor’s office had not responded by press time to a request for additional information.

Billhimer thanked the LBTPD and the OCPO High Tech Crimes Unit for their assistance.  —J.K.-H.


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